‘We Are Fighters’: Trans Troops Are Not Giving Up After SCOTUS Ruling for Trump Ban
When President Obama lifted the ban on transgender military service in 2016, Staff Sergeant Patricia King could not have anticipated a day like January 22, 2019.
“I never expected that it would have been undone,” she told The Daily Beast, hours after the Supreme Court gave a green light to the Trump administration to implement its transgender troop ban while several legal challenges continue in federal courts.
SSG King enlisted in the army in 1999, deployed to Afghanistan three times, and came out as a transgender woman in 2016. Because she has already transitioned, she would not be forced out of the military—at least as the legal situation currently stands—but she is retiring in August anyway, after two decades of service.